I wish I had a garage, I just have a carport but I do have the tools to pull the trans if necessary. The valve body shouldn't be too hard to pull and clean with the trans still mounted. I was thinking of getting a new valve body but somehow I don't think putting more money into this trans will pay off at this point.
Kinda pissed off at this point. Spent $3849.81 getting this trans rebuilt just a few hours from John Woods but I was still in the Navy and had limited time to get back to base. Looking through my receipt, I was only charged for 15 quarts of ATF so they probably didn't flush everything. To rub it in a bit more, I have a 5 year prorated warranty but it's a 1100 mile drive.
No, you don't need to remove the trans for the VB, but I was just wondering if you could if you ever wanted to disassemble it. After you drop your trans, believe it or not, they're easy to work on. I rebuild 4R100/E4ODs & they're not complicated. Most areas of these trans' are easy to intermediate for mechanical skill level. Full rebuilds really require an expert, but if you can use micrometers & feeler gauges & know where
to use them in certain areas, someone with intermediate skill could probably rebuild these trans' if they went real slow, paid close attention to detail, & had patience.
Anyway, before I write another book- back to removing the trans. If you can drop your trans, & have a free weekend, you could clean out the entire transmission. I know this sounds off the handle, but if the condition of the ATF that comes out of the pan is showing you there's a lot of grit or even water in the system, it'd take you a minimum of a day(if your current set up allows) & at least you & another able person to drop the trans, take it apart, steam/pressure wash the trans body, clean out the valve body, accumulator, shift solenoids, replace all gaskets & seals, reassemble & reinstall the trans.
Once again, I know it's overkill, but when it came to experiencing how some trans shops operate, I'd rather do it myself. You'll learn a lot & save yourself countless $$$ & you'll be able to fully modify your trans if you ever wanted to. They're so easy, I wish more people would give it a shot.
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